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Flyers, Bolts on NHL lines

The surging Tampa Bay Lightning will be looking to sweep the season series against the Philadelphia Flyers when the division leaders collide at St. Pete Times Forum on Tuesday night.

Tampa Bay (-110 on the NHL betting lines at Bovada) has won three straight over the Flyers, and a win in regulation would bring them to within two points of East-leading Philly.

Steven Stamkos has five goals and Martin St. Louis has nine points for the Lightning in those three victories over the Flyers, and the odds should reflect a lot of wagers on the Bolts on the NHL betting lines.

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The Flyers have also played well of late, although they lost 1-0 to the Kings last time out. They haven’t lost back-to-back since December.

Philadelphia has gotten strong goaltending from Brian Boucher and Sergei Bobrovsky. However, Bobrovsky was pulled in two starts against the Lightning while Boucher is 0-2-0 with a 3.51 GAA head-to-head this season.

Both teams score over three goals per game, and with the snipers on both sides an OVER bet on the posted OVER/UNDER total of 5.5 set for this contest could be a profitable wager.

The Pittsburgh Penguins try to snap a two-game slide without their top three scorers once again when they travel to Denver to face the Colorado Avalanche in NHL betting action on Wednesday night.

Pittsburgh meets a Colorado team that had dropped seven straight heading into a late tilt with the Calgary Flames on Monday night. The last time these teams played it was the Penguins who prevailed over a season ago.

While Colorado has fallen on hard times with its current skid, the Penguins are a team they have gone 8-2 against in 10 head-to-head meetings. This game could be one for the Avalanche to get back on track.

With the Penguins missing Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, they will be relying even more on their defense. Pittsburgh has actually sent UNDER bettors to cash out more in totals betting, despite their offensive capabilities. However, it is the OVER wager that has paid out in three straight combined.